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However subtle, the dawn is on the horizon. After the dark night, with its "Indigo Moon", day breaks. The first rays of the sun, pale and hesitant at first, will soon break through and colour the world. The Italian artist Roberta Gigante, who lives in Ghent, loves the moment when something is not yet clearly defined, is not yet whole or is falling apart; that brief moment when something does not or no longer coincides with his or her complete state of being. Gigante is "deeply fascinated by everything that is not (immediately) visible, in internal or forgotten forms, in small stories and in the pleasure of wonder in the everyday. Ideas, images and stories that come to her form the starting point for study, research and development within various disciplines. '(Source: databank.kunsten.be) Fragility, vulnerability, dynamics and transience seem to interest her more than concepts such as perfection, firmness and certainty. In the past year we have become aware again after decades of our vulnerability and the transience of life. Questions about disease and death are once again part of our lives, confronting us with the relativity and limits of the human brain and Western science which, while offering answers to many questions, remains indebted to the most important. Rather than shrinking from it, Roberta Gigante celebrates qualities such as vulnerability and transience in all their simplicity: a bouquet of flowers (or rather the suggestion of them), a space defined by nothing more than a choreography of different colours of paint splashes, a ray sunlight from neon, etc. As if to say, “Look at it and see its beauty, however fleeting or small and despite everything.
(Gallery: Kristof de Clercq Gallery)